akkedis, noun

Forms:
Formerly also akadijs, hagurdis.
Plurals:
akkedisse /akəˈdəsə/.
Origin:
Afrikaans, South African Dutch, DutchShow more Afrikaans, earlier South African Dutch akadijs, adaptation of Dutch hagedis lizard, gecko.
Any of several species of lizard.
1864 T. Baines Explor. in S.-W. Afr. 270I have never again seen the Voetjes Slang (four footed snake) or Slang Hagurdis (snake lizard) which I once sent home from Mooi River in the Trans Vaal.
1896 J.M. Kerdic in Scientific African Mar. 78Akadis, or properly hagedis, is a very vague definition, as the name is applied to all species of lizards.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 25Akadijs, The common name of a small lizard which runs with great rapidity among the bushes.
1975 S. Roberts Outside Life’s Feast 26Jan did not spot the akkedis on the stone when we went past...He can’t notice things.
Any of several species of lizard.

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